Quonset Hut

Still, after all these years, the mounds are safe places to build … away from the ever present threat of floodwaters.

This site is also in Transylvania, near the ancient burial mound.  The top was modified to allow construction of the metal barn.  The structure looks completely out of place – a prefabricated building on a hill built by hand.  At least the name “Quonset” is Native American, probably meaning “small, long place”.  At least there’s that.

I wonder what will remain in 100 years … the barn?  The rusting farm equipment?  The mound?  Do the ancient spirits linger, buried far beneath the reach of plows and progress?

About Jenny Ellerbe

I am a photographer living, and working, in northeastern Louisiana.
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2 Responses to Quonset Hut

  1. Quonset huts were brought to the US by the Navy in WW11. They are all over the place. Some
    were even used for housing in the Bronx! I believe they were devised by the Brits in WW1 but
    I am not sure of that. How they got the native name across the pond is a mystery.

  2. Hey Barbara,
    It’s because they were first manufactured in, wait for it, Quonset Point (Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center). In Rhode Island. Hooray for Wikipedia!

    But you’re right … a Brit design. In the Bronx? Who lived in them?

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